Louis Chenevert, the former CEO of United Technologies has many thoughts on success. However, he had one specific approach to success and what he believes causes individuals to become successful. While he retired in 2014, his legacy of success continues. Interviews with this retired leader has inspired many others to want to become successful as well. The history of Louis Chenevert is nothing less than impressive, and it is not surprising that he was elected to be the President and the CEO in 2008 for United Technologies.
Working in several positions for the company, he was able to learn how to adapt and how to operate in leadership in all positions within his company. Prior to his time with United Technologies, he was also in high-level positions of President and Chief Operating Officer for Pratt & Whitney, and 14 years at General Motors. Working as a production manager, he was also able to cross-train, just as many major companies do to ensure that their employees are well-rounded.
When asked where the idea for United Technologies came from, Louis Chenevert shared that ideas were not his own. His approach to building a multi-national company was to gather ideas from all executives within the company. Leaning on these men and women also afforded him the opportunity to create products that would change the game for customers, and would also give them a solid portfolio.
The products in the lineup included engines for military propulsion, as well as F135 engines. Focused on key technologies for aircraft was also a part of the growth for United Technologies. The goal for Chenever was to improve the use of fuel, how it burns, and how to improve the overall life of every product they launched. Additionally, noise reduction and reducing the cost were key challenges they were facing. One of the greatest projects of all time for United Technologies was to figured out how to double the speed of helicopters.
The legacy that Louis Chenevert has left in Canada, is one of diligence and dedication to creating the finest work in his field.